Chancey Bush
Racers make their way up Guanella Pass above Georgetown during the Guanella Pass Hill Climb. The race has a total elevation gain of 3,050 feet.
Hill Climb participants rise to steep challenge

By Craig Harper, For the Courant

As an annual participant and two-time winner of the Guanella Pass Hill Climb bicycle race, LeRoy Popowski should have had a distinct advantage over first-timer Johnathan Freter in the July 11 fifth edition.

Indeed, Freter mistimed the final sprint. But so did Popowski, and younger legs prevailed — though by the slimmest of margins.